Cinematic Arts Audition Process

Admission to the Edward James Olmos School of Film and Cinematic Arts is a highly selective process. We hold applicants to a high standard of academic and artistic excellence. Think of your application as an opportunity to show who you are, what you’ve done, and what you care about:

  • Academic Transcripts
    • Highlight any classes that may show classes in the arts or classes that taught writing, storytelling, speech and communications, theater and acting.
  • Interview:
    • One-on-one interview to give you the opportunity to talk about your passion and learn about your imagination, innovation and ideas about film. The interview will include some exit interview questions and will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Contact two recommenders to submit a letter on your behalf regarding your work ethic, learning and academic experience and passion for the arts.
  • Statement of Intent:
    • A one to two page statement of purpose outlining your academic and professional background, goals, and what you hope to gain from the program to which you are applying.
      • What areas of cinema studies are you most interested in exploring (e.g., film genres, directors, theoretical issues, etc.)?
      • What are some of your career aspirations (e.g., film journalist/critic, film museum or archive worker, film industry professional, screenwriter, filmmaker, etc.)?
  • Artistic Resume
    • Experience within the arts and performing arts, performance experience, awards and distinctions, festivals and summer programs.
  • Essay:
    • A two to five page-writing sample that reflects your ability to communicate critical, theoretical, and/or historical thinking on film, television, video, and/or new media on a film, director, or any other film-related topic that you choose.
  • Story Sample:
    • Narrative, fictional, non-fictional examples of a story with plot development and story arch. Describe the setting, characters, character movements and any possible camera movements for the scenes. Include a sample storyboard for one particular scene.

What to Bring:

  • Student ID or headshot
  • Portfolio

Audition Dates Auditions will be held in the film production class at Santa Ana High School building 8, classroom #209. Students will receive a guided tour of the classrooms and expectations for each location.

Discipline Type of Meeting Date Location Time Notes
Cinematic Arts Transfers March 25 application deadline SanArts.org Notification throughout the month of may
Cinematic Arts Fall April 1 application deadline SanArts.org Notification throughout the month of June
Cinematic Arts Internal Interviews April 25-28 SAHS 8209 3:00-6:00 Notification throughout the month of May
Cinematic Arts Interviews Transfers: April 25-28 SAHS 8209 3:00-6:00